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Volunteering in the West: Stats from 2016/2017 annual report

Volunteers Trained

Coordinators trained

Volunteers Referred

Since 2006, Volunteer West has worked to promote and inspire participation in volunteering, while building the capacity of volunteer involving organisations.

In a little over a decade, Volunteer West has matched over 9,500 people with volunteering opportunities across the West with approximately half of those people matched with volunteering opportunities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, a true representation of the West.

Volunteer West has trained and supported hundreds of volunteer managers and coordinators. Training, conferences, workshops, volunteer celebrations, presentations, projects, advice and resources have all been deployed since it began operating to support Volunteer Involving Organisations.

Volunteer West is funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Social Services, and Local Government Areas throughout the Western Suburbs. Funding assists us to give as many people as possible in the West the opportunity to do rewarding, meaningful volunteer work. Through the database VIKTOR and our referral services we connect volunteers to worthwhile causes and programs. We encourage key groups in the community to take on volunteers and become “volunteer ready”. Through our networks we tell the stories of wonderful people who volunteer.

Volunteer West maintains its passion and commitment to volunteering. Promoting its benefits, value and importance in our communities and advocating for excellence in volunteering standards and services within Volunteer Involving Organisations.

Our Vision

To improve the wellbeing of people and communities in Melbourne’s West

Our Mission

To increase effective volunteering in the West. To harness resources and partnerships to improve the profile of volunteering and improve the volunteer experience.

Committee of Management

Volunteer West is a not-for-profit and non-government organisation, managed by a Committee of Management.


Danny Civitico


Danny is recently retired from 37 years in the Victorian Public Sector and brings a wealth of knowledge to the committee. He has been involved in a number of volunteer agencies in management roles, as well as volunteering in Neighbourhood Watch and service clubs such as Rotary.

Danny is very passionate about social connectedness and inclusiveness, and believes that there is great scope to expand volunteering services by tapping into new and emerging communities. He hopes that finding innovative ways to connect with these communities will enrich their lives as well as assisting them to feel a greater sense of belonging.


Maureen Le Scoul

Vice President

A resident of Altona for many years, and Immediate Past President of Altona City Rotary Club, a tenure held for 2 years, and a volunteer in many projects in the Area.

Bringing extensive experience from a background of Funds Managment, Superannuation, Banking and Finance, Hospitality and Real Estate, Maureen is delighted to be a small cog in a large machine that services our local community and also our communities and residents in the West.

Maureen is passionate about making a difference, and committed to building strong relationships in our Region.


Jacob Wood


Jacob is a lawyer specialising in not-for-profit and charity law, currently at Moore's Lawyers in their not-for-profit team. Through his work Jacob provides free legal advice and guidance to community groups throughout Australia on a range of things like compliance with incorporation laws, running meetings, registering as a charity, obtaining tax concessions, managing volunteers and contacts.

Jacob is passionate about the not-for-profit and charity sector, and as someone who started his career as a volunteer receptionist and progressed to lawyer, strongly believes in the value of volunteering for both the volunteer and community groups.


Roland Selvanayagam


Roland is a UK trained Chartered Management Accountant as well as a FCPA and has considerable management experience in the corporate sector.

After 30 years managing companies - variously in Thailand, Australia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka - he has spent the last 8 years serving independently on the Boards of a number of companies – both listed and unlisted in Australia as well as in Singapore and Malaysia.

Besides Volunteer West, he serves on the committee of the Victorian Branch of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and is often called upon to assist in mentoring newly migrated accountants.


Christine White

General Member

Christine brings expertise in marketing, media and communications to the committee and a history in the media with the ABC.

A Footscray resident, Christine has volunteered her services to educational institutions including community radio training and to fledgling arts organisations.


Tracey Christodoulou

General Member

Since returning to full time work some years ago, Tracey had not been actively involved in volunteering networks. Being a general member of the Volunteer West Committee of Management has answered her need to, in some way, get back into volunteering. Being a member of this Committee has also introduced Tracey to a brand new experience, having not previously been a member of a Committee of Management. Tracey is looking forward to the experience, challenges and all, this position will offer. And in return, hope to make valuable contributions to the successes of this Committee and the organisation, Volunteer West.

Tracey lives and works locally and is interested in the welfare of the communities around her. Working with the Volunteer West Team will offer scope and opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of these communities.


Sinead Mildenhall

General Member

Sinead Mildenhall is a passionate Westie, with a strong volunteering background. She is currently an advisor in the State Government, and undertaking further education in public administration. She has previously been a Board Member and Deputy Chair of Youth Now, and a Committee Member and Vice President of West Welcome Wagon. She is thrilled to be part of the Volunteer West team, hoping to assist in the strategic direction of the organisation, and assist in making Melbourne's west a better place.


Patricia Lauria

General Manager

Patricia is the General Manager at Volunteer West. Her background is in managing small, grassroots community services including community legal centres, a community managed building, community transport and social support.

Patricia sees Volunteer West’s strength as its capacity to involve people from disadvantaged backgrounds into volunteering and has participated in various organisations as a volunteer.

Patricia has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Human Rights.


Our members are individuals who are passionate and ready to volunteer and community organisations that provide successful experiences for volunteers. Members have access to Volunteer West services and training. There is no fee for membership.


Our Annual Report for the year 2017/2018 financial year. Click here to download

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We work across the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne and cover the six Local Government Areas of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.